The Angels lost again. The bullpen was a mess again. The defense was miserable again. Everything sucks again...
...but not really.
It is a shame that the Angels finished this series in Texas with a split given how the series started. But if you take a step back for some perspective, can we really be upset about a split? In case you forgot, Texas is a really, really good team who is really, really, really, really good at home. Knowing that, I think most all of us would have been just fine with a series split and I feel pretty confident in saying that had these last two losses been boring 5-2 or 6-3 affairs, the level of outrage/panic/desperation/exasperation would be minimal at best. That sentiment is born entirely out of how close this came to being a four-game sweep, which of course would've been seven different kinds of fantastic.
The epic meltdown of the bullpen only serves to exacerbate these strong feelings. These last two games, the bullpen has been nothing short of an industrial grease fire and that has everyone's proverbial panties in a bunch. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't having post-traumatic stress flashbacks to the April version of this relief corps that I dubbed the Bullpen of Perpetual Sorrow. This is everyone's greatest fear because coming into the season the bullpen was considered the Achilles heel of the roster. In April, it definitely was and thus far in August, it definitely is. But did we all not pay attention to the months in between? In May, the relief ERA was 2.62. In June, it was 2.34. The only real difference was the addition of Ernesto Frieri and some shifts in bullpen roles to turn them from a massive liability into a dominant crew for two months. They came back to earth in July and obviously have gone off the rails the last few days, but that is baseball. It is a streaky sport. They will weather this storm. They might not get all the way back to being lights out, but they have shown that they can easily be above average.
Perspective, folks, perspective.